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14 Frith photos of Chelsea
 
1760:  A Prospect of Chelsea Bridge Waterworks –

Chelsea Bridge Waterworks, 1760
A Prospect of Chelsea Bridge Waterworks, 1760

1760: The above fascinating print is not all it appears. I think it should really be entitled "A Prospect of Chelsea Waterworks Bridge". Though the original is understandable when you realise it was the only Chelsea Bridge at the time! It was not over the main stream, but over what appears below as the Grosvenor Canal. The bridge in question is clearly marked as Chelsea Waterworks Bridge on the map below.
There appears to be a weir. The water is rushing down a slope at the bridge. Notice the small boat with two occupants clinging on grimly to the far bank. Were they attempting to go upstream?

1827:  Greenwood's Map of London -

Map showing Chelsea Waterworks Bridge, 1827
Map showing Chelsea Waterworks Bridge, 1827

1838: 'The Pilgrims of the Thames' by Pierce Brosnan -

Chelsea Reach 1838
Chelsea Reach, 1838

1851: Work began on what was known as “Victoria Bridge”, designer Thomas Page.
A suspension bridge built very much on the same lines as the first Hammersmith Bridge by Tierney Clarke.
[See also Marlow Suspension Bridge - the only surviving work by Tierney Clarke.]

1852:  Chelsea Bridge

Chelsea Bridge, 1852
1852: “Chelsea Bridge

1858: The Illustrated London News -

... a fair structure, with its beautiful towers gilded and painted to resemble light coloured bronze and crowned with large globular lamps diffusing sunny light all around.

Chelsea Suspension Bridge, 1860
Chelsea Suspension Bridge, 1860

Chelsea Suspension Bridge, 1860
Chelsea Suspension Bridge, 1860

Chelsea Suspension Bridge, 1870
Chelsea Suspension Bridge in 1870

Bridge finances -

This, unlike other bridges, was a government bridge, built to provide access to the new Battersea Park and the growing suburb of Battersea. £80,000 was borrowed at 4% by the Office of Works to finance its construction, and by the time it was opened unpaid interest had raised the debt to £98,777. The excess of toll revenue, £4,642 in the years 1859-69, over the cost in those years of toll collection, repairs and maintenance averaged only £1,494 , only fractionally over 1.5% of the debt. Toll revenue in the years 1873-5 averaged £5,960 and by 1876 the debt had fallen to £13,000. In 1879, the Metropolitan Board of Works paid £75,000 for the bridge. Thus government lost money on the bridge; whether or not the bridge was intended to service its debt, it failed to do so completely.

1879: Tolls abolished on what was now known as Chelsea Bridge.
 
1880: Bridge strengthened with additional chain.
 
1885: Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames -

 

Chelsea Suspension Bridge is another work by the designer of Westminster Bridge ...
It was made in Edinburgh, and set up in its present position in 1858 at a cost of £80,000.

1920: Recommendation that the bridge be replaced.
 
1935: Demolition and building of a new bridge
Replaced Thomas Page’s much-admired suspension bridge of 1858.
698 feet long, 83 feet wide. Two 55-foot-tall plain, square towers support the suspension chains from which the roadway is hung. At either end, lamp-posts decorated with golden galleons relieve the otherwise unexciting design.
Architects: G. Topham Forrest and E.F. Wheeler. Engineers: Rendel, Palmer and Triton. Contractor: Messrs Holloway Bros (London) Ltd
 

BRITISH PATHE - 1935 CHELSEA BRIDGE

1937: Opening by Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King

 

Chelsea Bridge © 2001 Doug Myers
Chelsea Bridge © 2001 Doug Myers

Chelsea Bridge PLA
Chelsea Bridge going upstream

The Royal Hospital Chelsea

The home of the Chelsea Pensioners. Left bank above Chelsea Bridge

1802: Picturesque View on the Thames, Samuel Ireland -

Chelsea Hospital, 1802
Chelsea Hospital, 1802

Chelsea Hospital, 1811
Chelsea Hospital, 1811

The Canoe, which is seen in the print, has been naturalized to this part of the river by a gentleman, who passes, and has for many years passed, much of his time in such aquatic excursions as this exotic vessel will allow him.

The above was written by William Bernard Cooke in 1811, and the original drawing was by Samuel Owen. I guess one or other of them was in the canoe!

Cadogan Pier, left bank just below Albert Bridge

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Upstream to Albert Bridge




Introduction
Estuary
PLA
QEII Br
Barrier
Tower Br
Custom Ho
London Br
; Frost Fairs
Cannon St Rb
The Great Stink
Southwark Br
Millenium Br
Blackfriars Rb
Blackfriars Br
Waterloo Br
Charing Cross Rb
Westminster Br
Lambeth Br
Vauxhall Br
Victoria Rb
Chelsea Br
Albert Br
Battersea Br
Battersea Rb
Wandsworth Br
Fulham Rb
Putney Br
Hammersmith Br
Barnes Rb
Chiswick Br
Kew Rb
Kew Br
RICHMOND
Twickenham Br
Richmond Rb
Richmond Br
TEDDINGTON
Kingston Rb
Kingston Br
Ditton Slip
Hampton Br
MOLESEY
SUNBURY
Walton Br
Desborough Cut
SHEPPERTON
Chertsey Br
CHERTSEY
M3 Br
Laleham Slip
PENTON HOOK
Staines Rb
Staines Br
Runnymede Br
BELL WEIR
Magna Carta Is
OLD WINDSOR
Albert Br
Datchet
Victoria Br
Black Potts Rb
ROMNEY
Eton
Windsor Br
Windsor Rb
Windsor Slip
Elizabeth Br
BOVENEY
Dorney Lake
York Cut
Summerleaze Fb
MonkeyIsland
New Thames Br
BRAY
Bray Slip
Maidenhead Rb
Maidenhead Br
Below Boulters
BOULTERS
Cliveden
Hedsor
COOKHAM
Cookham Slip
Cookham Br
BourneEnd RFb
Quarry Woods
A404 Br
MARLOW
Marlow Br
Bisham
TEMPLE
HURLEY
Medmenham
Culham Ct
Aston Slip
HAMBLEDEN
Temple Is
Fawley Ct
Remenham
Regatta
Phyllis Ct
Henley Slip
Leander
Red Lion
Henley Br
Angel on Br
Landing
Hobbs Boatyard
Hobbs Slipway
MARSH
Hennerton
Bolney
Wargrave
Shiplake Rb
R.Loddon
SHIPLAKE
Sonning Br
SONNING
Dreadnought
K&A Canal
CAVERSHAM
Reading Br
Caversham Br
Reading Slip
Purley
MAPLEDURHAM
Hardwick Ho
Whitchurch Br
WHITCHURCH
Hartswood Reach
Gatehampton Rb
Goring Gap
Goring Br
GORING
Swan
CLEEVE
Moulsford
Moulsford Rb
Papist Way Slip
Winterbrook Br
Wallingford Br
BENSON
Shillingford Br
R.Thame
DAYS
Burcot
Clifton Hampden
Clifton Church
Clifton H Br
Barley Mow
Long Wittenham
CLIFTON
Appleford Rb
Sutton Courtenay
Sutton Br
CULHAM
Culham Cut Fb
Abingdon Slip
Abingdon
Abingdon Br
ABINGDON
Nuneham Rb
Nuneham
Nuneham Park
Radley Boats
SANDFORD
Rose Island
Kennington Rb
Isis Br
Iffley Mill
IFFLEY
Oxford Rowing
Isis
Donnington Br
Riverside Slip
Boathouses
Punting
Lower Cherwell
Upper Cherwell
Islip
Head of River
Salters Steamers
Folly Br
Bacons Folly
Oxford Fb
Osney Fb
Weir stream
Osney Rb
Bullstake Stream
Osney Marina
OSNEY
Osney Br
Four Rivers
OLD RIVER
CANAL
Medley Weir Site
Medley Fb
Bossoms
Perch
Trout
GODSTOW
Godstow Nunnery
Godstow Br
Thames Br
KINGS
River Evenlode
EYNSHAM
Swinford Br
Oxford Cruisers
PINKHILL
Farmoor
Stanton Harcourt
Bablock Slip
Arks Weir Site
NORTHMOOR
Harts Fb
//Rose Revived
Newbridge
//Maybush
River Windrush
below Shifford
SHIFFORD
Shifford Fb
Tenfoot Fb
Trout Inn
Tadpole Br
RUSHEY
Old Mans Fb
RADCOT
Radcot Cradle Fb
Swan Inn
Radcot New Br
Radcot Old Br
GRAFTON
Eaton Hastings
Kelmscott
Eaton Fb
BUSCOT
Bloomers Hole Fb
Trout Inn
St Johns Br
ST JOHNS
Halfpenny Br
Marina Slip
LIMIT
Inglesham
Hannington Br
Kempsford
Castle Eaton Br
Marston Meysey
A419 Br
Cricklade
SOURCE?
THAMES HEAD
SEVEN SPRINGS